Betty Barkley Hobgood

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Betty Barkley Hobgood

June 5, 1931 ~ June 9, 2014 (age 83)


GREENSBORO – Betty Barkley Hobgood, noted Greensboro artist died June 9, 2014. Betty was born June 5, 1931 to Vernon Blaylock and Anna Lewis Blaylock. She attended Women's College where she majored in art. Betty spent her career as a portrait artist and interior designer. Her series of water colors, "The Living Ornaments" was inspired by her love for cats. "The Mysterious Siamese" was the first of the paintings to be presented as a print. Her love for cats kept her busy as her home became a shelter for homeless animals. She is survived by her husband Bailey Hobgood of the home as well as her step daughter Kristina Hobgood-Smith of Wilmington and her son Keith Myerick of Greensboro. She has a niece, Kim McNairy of Burlington, and a grandson Denver Hobgood also of Greensboro. Memorial contributions may be made to The United Animal Coalition at 4525 West Wendover Avenue, Greensboro NC 27409. A private celebration of Betty's life will be held at the home later this month.

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  • January 14, 2016
    Dave Howell says:
    I grew up next to John and Betty in Guilford College and have fond memories of her...She painted portraits of my brother, sister and I when I was 8. She finally had to take a polaroid of me because I wouldn't sit still, lol. She was a loving, warm person who put up with me hanging out on her patio, surrounded by huge elephant ears. I remember she had a Siamese that used to jump out and scratch us, so we were on guard anywhere in the yard. My mom has Alzheimer's now but remembered Betty as I do. A beautiful person, inside and out...